Media headlines about Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pool Corporation earned a daily sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.886763437795 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- CSOs pool protips to protect against new cyberthreats (siliconangle.com)
- Buy Rural Electrification Corporation; target of Rs 231: Edelweiss (moneycontrol.com)
- Home test finds drinking water in outback WA town has chlorine levels suitable for swimming pool (abc.net.au)
- Pool (POOL) Presents At Robert W. Baird 2017 Global Industrial Conference – Slideshow (seekingalpha.com)
- ETFs with exposure to Pool Corp. : November 13, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
Shares of Pool Corporation (NASDAQ POOL) opened at $119.39 on Wednesday. Pool Corporation has a fifty-two week low of $97.09 and a fifty-two week high of $124.25. The company has a market cap of $4,824.03, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.36 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a current ratio of 2.61, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.64.
Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The specialty retailer reported $1.16 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.14 by $0.02. Pool Corporation had a net margin of 6.19% and a return on equity of 69.28%. The firm had revenue of $743.40 million for the quarter. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.03 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Pool Corporation will post 4.07 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 28th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.37 per share. This represents a $1.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.24%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 14th. Pool Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 37.47%.
A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Pool Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Johnson Rice raised shares of Pool Corporation from an “accumulate” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Sidoti raised shares of Pool Corporation from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $119.00 to $131.00 in a research report on Friday, September 15th. Robert W. Baird boosted their price objective on shares of Pool Corporation from $125.00 to $131.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Pool Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $127.25.
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In related news, Director Harlan F. Seymour sold 15,502 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.87, for a total value of $1,842,722.74. Following the transaction, the director now owns 15,995 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,901,325.65. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO De La Mesa Manuel J. Perez sold 47,628 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.73, for a total transaction of $5,750,128.44. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 61,708 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,450,006.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 7.00% of the company’s stock.
About Pool Corporation
Pool Corporation is a distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. The Company is a distributor of irrigation and landscape products in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through its four distribution networks, including SCP Distributors (SCP), Superior Pool Products (Superior), Horizon Distributors (Horizon) and National Pool Tile (NPT).
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